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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is an edited compilation of 49 chapters on topics important to the safety of patients in healthcare institutions. It is an excellent introduction to issues related to the principles, applications, and policy and legal implications of the initiative to improve patient safety in all healthcare settings.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the principles and applications of patient safety, including the activities and practices necessary to improve the safety of patients in various healthcare settings. This is important issue, and the book's objectives are well-aligned with this overall purpose. The book addresses the topic very well, and in general, the objectives of the authors are achieved.
Audience: It is written at a level understandable by anyone interested in the topic of patient safety, including healthcare practitioners, students, and patients and their families. Each chapter is written by one or more authors who have an identified presence in the discipline. The two editors of the book have been involved in the patient safety movement since its inception in the mid-1990s, and are recognized authorities in the field.
Features: The book cuts a wide swath through the discipline of patient safety, including principles, policies, ethics, and legal ramifications. It provides a "one-stop" resource for persons needing a reference covering the spectrum of patient safety. The chapter authors constitute a "who's who" of patient safety in terms of name recognition. The book is primarily text, with a few illustrations and tables in some of the chapters.
Assessment: This is the best reference in patient safety available at this time. It should be of interest to a broad audience, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, other healthcare providers, ethicists, policy-makers, and legal experts interested in patient safety and healthcare quality. It should be available to everyone interested in the patient safety movement.